When visiting Cairo, be on the safe side and stay at a first class hotel. Really do. The Mena House Oberoi used to be a palace, and it still is, but converted to hotel. Great gardens and magnificent views of the pyramids right from your room.
A nice hotel with one of the best Indian restaurants in town.
The hotel's casino is not interested in Egyptian Pounds though & wants your foreign currency i.e. US Dollars.
The rooms were a little plain for my liking but the view of the pyramids from the balcony more than made up for it.
What I really enjoyed though was playing golf on the hotel's golf course. It is not the best golf course ever, but playing in the shadow of the pyramids is something of an experience.
The hotel is quite interesting; Antiques, nice pool and a wonderful view of the pyramids. For the money though the rooms are desperately outdated. The bathroom and the carpets are shot. We ended up pushing them to relocate us to a better room since the one they initially put us in was trashed. The second one was somewhat better but still very worn.
The staff (front desk team and room staff) were great, the managementhowever was sad and snotty. It is terrible to see such a hotel slowly quietly fall into disrepair. I would strongly suggest skipping the dinner theater. We went and were treated to an incredibly bad belly dancing and campy show. Upside: the food was good.
What else was good: One of the best Indian Resteraunts. Seriously this is very good.
Staff: Radar and Abdula as well as the other desk staff all did a great job of doing the best to be helpful and do the most with what they had to work with,
Unique Quality: No Spa " Under Renovation" Which is nice for we closed it.
No Casino " Under Renovation" See above...
I can not say enough about the Mena House for Quality and service, Ya cant beat the location approximately 1/4 mile from the Pyramids
Located in Giza, Taxis are cheap why stay in Cairo
Unique Quality: Views,Horse back riding,
The Pyramids(Isn't that one of the Reason for going to Eygpt)
If I return to Cairo one day I will stay here again. It is an oasis away from the bustle of Cairo's hectic city. I am not put off by the necessity to travel 1/2 hour along a traffic choked road. However, it is important to have a room in the palace as the garden rooms are within earshot of a very noisy road - in Egypt this means constant hooting of horns, day and night. Service was superb. I left my shoes outside my room as they were a little dirty. In two minutes there was a knock on the door "Your clean shoes, sir"!
Unique Quality: Beautiful location at the foot of the pyramids, Large gardens, swimming pool, fantastic staff.
Directions: Near entrance to pyramids
This is a very beautiful and luxurious hotel. There are two wings the older and more luxurious side (originally the palace), and the newer, less expensive side which is where we stayed. The rooms were clean, had a good size balcony, they provide a welcome fruit basket, robes and slippers and turn down service. The food at the restaurants was delicious. The view is spectacular. The staff displayed great attention to detail and took great care that we were not overcharged for certain tourist sights.
Unique Quality: The staff at this hotel is exceptional. The hotel has wonderful views of the pyramids.
From the moment we entered the gilded lobby of the Mena House, we felt like royalty in a truly palatial environment.
Unfortunately, our travel agent had booked us into the newer garden wing - if I were staying again I would reserve a room in the original Palace (I mean, why stay in a palace and bunk in the garden!).
The restaurants and public areas are in the main located in the palace and are opulent and spectacular.
The rooms are comfortable, clean, and welcoming.
The staff are nice, if a little officious. On the first morning we were assured at reception that residents didn't need a reservation for dinner in the main restaurant (where there is a floor show each night) - but we were bitterly disappointed that evening to be told that there were no good tables left n the restaurant!
I was disappointed in the pool area as all of the pool was deep, there was no shallow end, and thus noplace that you could wallow in the searing heat. Also, because it's located in a garden there are more flies than youmight tolerate.
Unique Quality: Wherever you go in the hotel the pyramids are visible in the public areas - both from the windows on the public rooms, and also from the gardens. It was wonderful.
Directions: Within touching distance of the pyramids.
I really recommend this hotel becasue is right at the pyramids of Gizah, check the picture. This luxury hotel has all the amenities, falilties and services.
Oberoi is an Indian chain it was built originally as a hunting lodge by the King of Egypt.
Unique Quality: The main building is an old palace with the best rooms and views. Then, there is another area crossing a garden (new area very simple) with rooms with view to the pyramids and other views.
For me the best experience is to swimm in the swimmingpool watching the pyramids.
It has different restaurants, not too expensive... a French with life music, an Indian with live Indian music and different restaurants for a quick bite.
Directions: Next to Gizah Pyramids
We'd heard that this was a fabulous hotel and we weren't disappointed.
The location is amazing, a leisurely stroll to the Great Pyramid will take all of 5 or 6 minutes and the view from the gardens, swimming pool and restaurants is wonderful.
It is an expensive place to stay, both in terms of room cost and food/drink prices (particularly by Cairo standards) however the service and ambience makes it worth while.
The rooms in the older part of then hotel are fairly spacious and beautifully decorated in an oriental style, as are most of the public areas. The staff are very friendly and helpful and there is a 24 hour currency exchange facility.
The hotel has a number of restaurants including The Moghul Room, suberb Indian cuisine, the Khan el Khalili Restaurant (a kind of a western style brasserie) and the Oasis BBQ Grill, by the pool, which at night serves Lebanese and Egyptian starters then a mixture of freshly grilled meat and fish dishes. However, though the food was excellent the menus didn't really include a lot of Egyptian cuisine, though you could have fuul beans, falafal and tahini for breakfast
On the negative side the hotel is quite far from the centre of Cairo. Taxis are easy to come by (it cost us between 30 and 45 Egyptian Pounds, about £3.00-£4.50 to travel between the hotel and central Cairo) and the journey took between 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Overall though it was a great hotel, very luxourious, a relaxing atmosphere with excellent amenities. If you want to treat yourself I would definately recommend it.
Unique Quality: Lounging in the pool, drinking in the bar, sitting eating breakfast, the view of the Great Pyramid is never far away.
Every night we returned to the room to find a single rose and a quotation of poetry laying on the bed!
Directions: At the bottom of the Pyramids Road
Unique Quality: It was the old Hunting Pavillion of King Farouk. It's located exactly in front to the Pyramids plateau, and you have a view to the pyramids from your room. Impeccable service, great restaurants, and a casino (closed during Ramadan)
Mena House Oberoi
pool at Mena House Oberoi Hotel, Giza, Cairo
Sultan bar at Mena House Oberoi Hotel
we are travelling to Cairo next week and have read some scary reviews about the Mena House Oberoi where we have already booked to stay.
Can anyone confirm the state of the hotel as reports seem to say it is very tatty?
Also any tips on on getting taxis ad hoc on the street, We are quite far from the centre , I think, so will need to get taxis quite a lot, any safety rules or is that not a problem there?
Finally any tips on a good river day cruise? and evening dinner cruise?
We stayed at Mena House in 2003, so my info not up to date.
However, we really enjoyed our stay there. Room was in the more modern wing next to garden and Pyramid View from room was stunning. Furnishings and bathroom fittings not very new, but the bed was the largest we've every slept in.
Feel you have to accept with these historic hotels that there may be more emphasis on character than modern convenience, and for us that is a good trade off. The main parts of the building are really interesting and we were lucky in that on the Saturday evening there was a wedding party at the hotel.
The sight of all the guests arriving in their finery, the horsemen carrying flaming torches and general atmosphere was fascinating.
Only stayed 2 nights as then on Nile Cruise, but will be visiting Luxor and Aswan for a week in 2 weeks time and staying at Old Winter Palace in Luxor and Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, so you will see that we have not been put off staying in heritage hotels. Just enjoy and atmosphere and don't worry too much if things are not the same as in a modern identikit hotel.
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Address: Pyramids Rd, Giza, Egypt